UHLC advocacy teams advance to championships

Regional success leads to national competitions in arbitration and moot court.

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Nov. 21, 2011 -- The gridiron wasn’t the only place University of Houston students were successful this weekend. Law Center students advanced to national championship rounds in arbitration and moot court competitions after strong showings in regional contests.

After advancing two teams to the semi-finals, the team of Frank Carroll, Whitney Wester, Susan Sweeney and Casey Jordan won the ABA Arbitration Regional Competition hosted by the University of Houston Law Center. This is the second straight regional championship for the Law Center in this competition. The team defeated Georgetown, Texas Wesleyan, Chapman School of Law and Mississippi College of Law on the way to victory. The Law Center will now advance to the ABA Arbitration National Competition in Chicago.

The UH trio successfully arbitrated a breach of contract case between a local government sports authority and a professional sports team. The dispute arose after the sports team moved to another city following a stadium collapse.  A second team of Law Center students, Lauren Clemons, Mallory McKenney, Jonathan Moss and Sarina Pasha advanced to semi-finals.  The teams were coached by Law Center alums Jackie Houlette and Julie Gray.

In Dallas, the team of Cory Fox, Kelsey Heaton, and Casey Holder advanced to the national rounds of the National Moot Court Competition.  The team lost a split decision to Texas Tech in the final round but move on to the national rounds in New York City as one of the top two teams in the region which is recognized as the most competitive in the nation.  The team was coached by Law Center alums George May and Professor Lori Twomey and SMU alum Joe Tung.

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